Peregrine with snake

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Subject: Peregrine with snake
From: "Shirley Cook" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 08:09:58 +1100
Dear all,

I frequently forward Birding-aus messages that refer to raptor behaviour to Steve Debus. When I sent on the one about the Peregrine with snake he replied:

"I wondered about the Peregrine & snake episode.  Peregrines almost never
take any reptiles, let alone snakes.  Assuming that the identification was
correct ...the most likely explanation is that the Peregrine robbed the snake from a Brown Falcon (or some other raptor, perhaps Whistling Kite). Brown Falcon is the main snake-eating raptor species in Oz. Or the falcon in question might
simply have been a misidentified Brown. Do you want to post something to
this effect on Birding-Aus and seek confirmation of the Peregrine's
identity (and let me know the outcome)?

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